verb (used with object), shaped, shap·ing.
verb (used without object), shaped, shap·ing.
- to assume a specific form: The plan is beginning to shape up.
- to evolve or develop, especially favorably.
- to improve one's behavior or performance to meet a required standard.
- to get oneself into good physical condition.
- (of longshoremen) to get into a line or formation in order to be assigned the day's work.
Origin of shape
British Dictionary definitions for take shape (1 of 2)
- in bad physical condition
- bent, twisted, or deformed
Derived Formsshapable or shapeable, adjectiveshaper, noun
Word Origin for shape
British Dictionary definitions for take shape (2 of 2)
n acronym for
Idioms and Phrases with take shape (1 of 2)
Also, shape up. Turn out, develop, acquire a distinctive form, as in Her reelection campaign is already taking shape, two years before the election, or Can you tell us how the book is shaping up? The first term dates from the mid-1700s and the variant, originally put as shape out, from about 1600.
Idioms and Phrases with take shape (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with shape
- shape up
- bent out of shape
- in condition (shape)
- lick into shape
- take shape